Written by Luke Anthony
on Tuesday, February 11 2014 and posted in Reviews
Invincible meets Galactus meets Fifth Element
Source: Image Comics
Some people say you have to get the first page right to hook an audience. Others say there’s a certain “flip-test” that a good issue has to pass. Some give a new series 3-5 issues before they make an assessment of whether or not the series is good. I’d love to say I stick to one of those tests, but truthfully, I do all three. First glance at the new series, Egos, created by Stuart Moore (Web of Spider-Man) and Gus Storms, a new talent, seems promising. Good sci-fi is hard to find, in my opinion, so when I look at the first pages of issue #1, I see new worlds, pastel colors, and gritty, wordy, wide panels. A world has ended, clearly as the panels describe.
Flipping through, we begin with an epilogue, we’re introduced to an old hero, The Planetarian. He looks a lot like a baddy from Invincible, Robert Kirkman’s wordly & other-worldly crisp, clever superhero series, but that may just be because of his mustache. The Planetarian gets an intro similar to what The Comedian does at the beginning of Watchmen. In other words, it begins with the end. The issues push along with some relatable dialogue. Though as soon as you begin to feel comfortable with the pacing, it changes. Reading Egos is like riding a roller coaster blind-folded. It’s substantial, but has a tendency to yank you around a bit, which I’m enjoying.
The main bad guy that was introduced at the beginning of issue #1, Masse, would be underserved to compare him to Galactus. He’s a “living universe” bent on destroying worlds to satiate his hunger for energy. The difference would be that after he devours worlds, he only wants more. He has his own gravitational force that crushes planets, and perhaps more gruesome is when it’s up close and personal, as in super-heroes. That’s just what it becomes in this issue, personal. Masse, the destroyer of solar systems takes a single death in the family personal, and seeks out vengeance against the Egos, or really just our protagonist, Deuce.
So at the end of issue #2, I have to say it still looks promising to be a good B list comic, potentially better. It's well worth the read. It’s a decently well constructed, vast universe with all different kinds of super-heroes if that’s what you want. The pacing is fun, and there’s a little humor thrown in here and there. It really shares a lot in common with Invincible, which, as we’ll see in the future will be it’s appeal or it’s downfall. I think I’d give it a good five issues in this case to make the best determination on whether or not this series will do awesome, or fall in line.
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